'Our Revolution' Begins Next Week: Bernie Sanders Keeps The Movement Alive

‘Our Revolution’ Begins Next Week: Bernie Sanders Keeps The Movement Alive

Senator Bernie Sanders’ revolution is in full swing with the opening of The Sanders Institute — a consortium of educational and political organizations founded and organized by the Independent Senator from Vermont.

You Say You Want A Revolution? Here It Is

And on Aug. 24, “Our Revolution” will begin with Sanders addressing supporters to promote this new organization. His goal is to capture the energy of his supporters in order to lend a hand to progressive political candidates across the country.

He’ll speak at Ripley Manor in Washington, D.C., and Our Revolution’s launch will be broadcast live to more than 2,000 organizing meetings nationwide, he said in a Thursday press release.

“During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become,” Sanders said in an email to his supporters.

“Now it’s time for all of us to get to work. At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share.”

Sanders started fundraising for Our Revolution earlier in the month, and the stated goal is to “transform American society.” The organization will have three objectives — including “revitalizing American democracy by bringing millions of working people and young people into the political system.”

He hopes to empower “the next generation of progressive leaders by inspiring, recruiting and supporting progressive candidates across the entire spectrum of government — from school board to U.S. Senate.”

“Our goal will be the same as in our campaign: we must work to transform American society by making our political and economic systems work for all of us, not just the 1 percent,” he wrote.

Sanders said the organization will also do “what the corporate media does not do: Elevating political consciousness by educating the public about the most pressing issues confronting our nation and the bold solutions needed to address them.”

In his email he noted “election days come and go, but the struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice continues. Together, we built something special and unprecedented through our presidential campaign. Now, we are going to take the next steps for our political revolution.”

While Bernie isn’t actively running for president (even though he hasn’t conceded from the 2016 race) he’s attempting something that’s pretty remarkable — and indeed, revolutionary — by attempting to inject millions of revolutionary supporters into the bloodstream of political and societal activism.

And right now, the Sanders Institute is strongly supporting at least 100 progressive candidates in down-ballot races across the U.S. Each candidate has been chosen by Sanders because of their progressive views and can even be in Congressional races that reach all the way down to local school boards. Funding will also be provided for their campaigns.

Tim Canova is currently running for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s House seat, and Sanders says he plans to support and campaign for the progressive candidate.

But he adds, his support isn’t limited to Democrats.

“If you have some strong Independents who would like to run, it would be my inclination to support them,” he said.

The Sanders team isn’t just campaigning for candidates — indeed, they are also researching what the senator can do for progressive ballot initiatives nationwide, Briggs said. One initiative in California is intended to lower prices for prescription drugs, while another in Colorado calls for a single-payer health care system.

Briggs added that Sanders has raised a “significant” amount through Our Revolution’s website, but declined to disclose the amount.

“There’s a lot of interest and support out there,” he added.

Frankly, Bernie Sanders, 74, is nothing short of amazing, and his message is powerful. Thousands of people attended his rallies — in Brooklyn, New York, more than 28,000 people came to support him, while in California, he addressed more than 82,000 people in a single week.

There’s a reason why he draws these huge crowds: He hits the one percent where it hurts. When Verizon workers went on strike, Bernie was out there with them. He knows he’s one of us. So I’m happy he’s still in the ballgame, pushing for the rights of common people.

Earlier this month he thanked his supporters for all their hard work:

Our Revolution is still taking donations.

Looks like I know what I’ll be doing next.

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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